The last car ever to wear the Morris badge, the Ital was the replacement for the Marina and stayed in production from 1980 – 1984. It owed its name to input from Giorgetto Giugiaro’s Italdesign studio, although in fact it was largely the work of BL’s own stylist, Harris Mann.
Designed to compete against rivals like the Ford Cortina and Vauxhall Cavalier, it came in saloon, estate, pickup and van versions, retaining the Marina’s 1.3 or 1.7 petrol engines and rear-wheel drive chassis. The vans/pickups were designated 440 or 575 with 7cwt and 10cwt payloads respectively.
First registered in February 1983, this 575 Pickup has had just six owners from new, the current since 2016, and is said to be in good order throughout following a light restoration in 2015 which included a full repaint and full body rust-proofing. Although there is very little history with the truck, the indicated mileage of 76,000 is believed by the vendor to be correct. With a useful ply-lined load area and a very smart interior which retains its original radio, it is said to run and drive well with an MOT until April 2020, being driven 96 miles to the sale without incident, including 50 ‘fast’ motorway miles.
Supplied with an owner's handbook, maintenance manual and several old MOT’s, this smart little workhorse is one of very few remaining. The vendor believes that only six Ital 10cwt pickups are in existence, most of which are not roadworthy, so you might never see one coming the other way! You could also wait a very long time to see another for sale, let alone one as smart as this, so this is an opportunity not to be missed.